During the past 3 months I have been involved in and supported the search for a local missing child.  Dylan Redwine, has been missing since November 19, 2011 from the Vallicetio / Durnago Area.

This boy vanished literally from our own back yards as this is not a large community, but rather, a very small and relatively tight community.   Here we are all either related or associated with one another by no more than 2 or 3 degrees of separation.  So needless to say, this missing child has hit right at the heart of my little world.   Close friends of mine are working diligently,  day and night to find him.   They continue to spread the word  that he is missing, via internet, facebook, flyers and whatever means necessary as they tirelessly try to hunt down clues and information that may help the investigator locate Dylan.

Initially, there was a load cry from the community to quickly put out an Amber Alert for Dylan… this sounded reasonable to all of us,  only to immediately learn that his case did not qualify for an Amber Alert.   His family and friends were crushed, and as hope continues to fade we are learning that the resources to help find missing children like Dylan are not there.

What are the qualifications for an Amber Alert?

What are the circumstances in Dylan’s case?

Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree with the Amber Alert, actually the exact opposite as I feel that is can be and has been a very useful tool in  specific cases.  Cases like Dylan  Redwine’s though require a lot of work.  Laws, policy and procedures need to change in order to allow for the police and investigators to act quickly to preserve possible evidence, find witnesses, and irremediably determine if a crime has been committed or an abduction has taken place.  These family deserve the same support, and quick action towards and investigation as any other person would be privy to.